Chapter 246: The News from the Northwest (Part One)
Fang Jie’s horse-drawn carriage slowly moved on the street, and the wheels shattered the morning light.
It was already February, so the sun came up earlier.
The city gates still weren’t open, so not many pedestrians were on the street. However, the breakfast joints all opened, so Fang Jie and others could smell the aroma of delicious food.
Nie Xiaoju was driving the carriage, and Chen Xiaoru and Yan Kuang sat on his two sides.
The horse pulling the carriage seemed to feel that it was too heavy, so it neighed a few times in displeasure. It had a difficult time moving the carriage when it was still, but it was much easier when the horse-drawn carriage started moving.
The noises created by the hooves of this horse might have woken up many people in the morning.
As soon as Fang Jie and others left the shop, a few people in the alleyways nearby poked their heads out and followed them like ghosts. They knew that Fang Jie had cultivation masters around him, so they didn’t dare to get too close.
The horse-drawn carriage stopped by the corner of the street, and the people doing the monitoring saw that dark-skinned young man buying some fried breadsticks and porridge. Everything seemed normal.
These secretive people were a part of Royal King Yi’s Snake Guard. Royal King Yi created this secret team a year ago, and this team’s mission was to monitor, scout, ambush, and assassinate people.
Fang Jie didn’t know that his good friend Zhuang Kuang from the Martial Arts Academy joined the Snake Guard to change his life.
Yan Kuang got back onto the horse-drawn carriage. After passing some food into the compartment, he divided the rest with the other two.
The snake guards had monitored Fang Jie’s shop the entire night. Seeing these people enjoying their breakfast, the snake guards couldn’t help but licked their lips.
Standing in a corner, Zhang Kuang frowned as he looked at Fang Jie’s horse-drawn carriage. He received the order yesterday to monitor Fang Jie, and his heart lurched when he heard it.
He saw Fang Jie as a true friend. When he first met Fang Jie who was the youngest participant in the entrance exam from the military, he instantly liked him.
Zhang Kuang had a little brother who died at 14 due to an illness, and Fang Jie’s personality was similar to his little brother. However, he realized yesterday that he might stand against Fang Jie, and their sabers might pierce into each other’s abdomen.
He tried to resist but couldn’t.
He only realized how terrifying the Snake Guard was after he joined; anyone who dared to resist was wiped out. The snake guards were assassins who Royal King Yi raised in the dark. Although nothing was committed against the government, Zhuang Kuang was sure that the Snake Guard was created to go against the Emperor.
After the horse-drawn carriage disappeared in his vision, someone patted him on the back.
He looked back and smiled bitterly.
“Do we have a way back?” he asked.
The person behind him shook his head and said, “Both of us thought that we walked onto this path because the government is unjust, but it comes down to greed. I don’t know if we have a way back. Perhaps we might have to pull out our sabers and attack our friends in the next moment. There is no reason to think about this now.”